Pink shirt day is here again, but why do we do it, and is it still relevant?
PSD started in Canada back in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new Year 10 student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. These students bought dozens of pink shirts and distributed them to their classmates to wear the next day. Word got out online and hundreds of students showed up in pink, some from head-to-toe, to stand together against bullying. It has been celebrated in New Zealand since 2009. PSD grew out of the school’s movement and became a yearly reminder that homophobic and transphobic bullying is still a significant issue for our communities.
Here at UC, we are not immune. Over the last few years, we have seen several instances of bullying and assaults as a result of perceptions of someone else’s sexuality or gender. For us, PSD is both a concerning reminder and a celebration of diversity; an opportunity to come together as staff and students in solidarity against a pervasive hatred that impacts of the lives of up to 14% of our people at UC.
Can we do better? yes! But what does ‘doing better’ look like in practice? It is not turning a blind eye when you hear homophobic or transphobic comments, jokes or references. It is including our diverse staff and students in activities, discussions, study groups and conversations. And it is challenging your own assumptions.
Together we can make UC a safe enjoyable place for all of our staff and students. This Friday, join a pink shirt day event. If you can’t find one, make your own, wear something pink and take a stand.
Kairuruku Ranga Āniwaniwa | Rainbow Coordinator
The Puaka-James Hight building which houses the Undercroft, Central Library, and Te Pātaka, has been chosen to be part of the 2022 Open Christchurch festival of exceptional architecture.
Open Christchurch is a free, one-weekend-only festival of exceptional architecture. It is open to everyone in Ōtautahi Christchurch on 30 April and 01 May (UC is participating on Sunday 01 May only). Find out more about the Open Christchurch festival here.
What’s happening in Puaka-James Hight?
The building will be open from 11am – 2pm on Sunday 01 May for people to explore our 53-metre-tall beacon of brutalism.
We’ll be offering on demand guided tours, as well as self-guided tour sheets for those who wish to explore on their own.
A display showcasing the architecture, construction, and library history, featuring archival material from our Macmillan Brown Library, will be up in the space between the lifts on level 2 (main entry) of the library.
Pick up one of our Puaka-James Hight postcards or bookmarks (featuring badges and stickers made in our Te Rua Makerspace) as a souvenir of the event.
Can’t make it to the event?
Our display will be up for several weeks after the event. You can also check out our online collection of Puaka-James Hight themed items from our archives on Kā kohika, our art and archives catalogue.
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UC Biosecurity Innovations warmly invites you to register our free webinar.
Mahi Tahi – Building Biosecurity Capability
Wed 13 April 2022
1:45pm – 4:00pm
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